SPARK Microsystems has become a part of the UWB Alliance and the FiRa Consortium to accelerate the development and adoption of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology.
SPARK Microsystems will work with both organizations to influence regulatory matters and develop international UWB technology standards.
“As UWB continues its record uptake in the consumer electronics space, this unique technology is fueling more diverse and innovative use cases, as well as establishing a vibrant eco-system,” commented Tim Harrington, Chairman of the UWB Alliance. “The much-valued technical contributions from SPARK and our other members are helping us to define how the UWB rulesets can evolve to enable these multi-radio consumer eco-systems to continue to flourish in the future.”
“We are very pleased to welcome SPARK Microsystems to the FiRa Consortium,” said Charlie Zhang, FiRa Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Engineering, Samsung Research Americas. “SPARK’s expertise is an excellent addition to our ecosystem; we look forward to good collaboration toward the future of seamless user experiences using UWB secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities.”
The UWB Alliance and the FiRa Consortium work in collaboration to achieve the common goal of creating a UWB-enabled ecosystem.
As a part of their joint liaison, the UWB Alliance focuses on matters arising from the promotion and safeguarding of UWB technology and advancing updates of the UWB rules in the United States and internationally whilst the FiRa Consortium focuses on UWB use cases for fine ranging and positioning and aims to certify UWB products for conformity and interoperability based on approved FiRa and IEEE 802.15.4z standards.
“The accelerated development and commercialization of UWB technology presents a massive market opportunity for low latency, low power wireless sensing and communications,” said Fares Mubarak, CEO, SPARK Microsystems. “Contributing our knowledge and expertise to both the UWB Alliance and the FiRa Consortium allows SPARK Microsystems to have the most influence on the nascent UWB technology and standards in multiple industries.”
The SPARK Microsystems series of low-power UWB wireless transceiver ICs enable a new class of short-range wireless connectivity applications that, due to power and latency requirements, would have previously needed to be wired.
These applications include gaming peripherals and AR/VR headsets, smart home devices and battery-less IoT sensors.